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Dude, Mark, first: yay! for a post on your spot finally talking about the NBA. I love the tech/biz talk as much as any self-respecting geeksquad-blogger, but most of your jargon goes well over my tiny little head. Anyways, take this as a love letter for your newest entry man, just well said.

From Blog Maverick:

The past few weeks one of my former employees wanted to make a statement about our legal relationship and get his perspective covered in the media. No problem at all. The media people he spoke to asked me for a comment. I didnt give one. One media outlet wrote it as fact, then bloggers jumped in. The more bloggers jumped in covering what the other bloggers had to say about what the first bloggers said.

When I asked a local “reporter” why he was covering this when he only had one side and he knew i wasnt going to give a response, he said it was because his “editors thought it had become a national story”, I guess his bosses read blogs.. Then another media outlet, despite my no comment email response decided to take responses from months ago and present them in their story as if they were made in response to their current request. Nice.

I’m pretty sure he’s referring to this article to which was banana-blogged everywhere (see links). And I’ll admit too, that I fell into the lazy reader mode without carefully reading the the insinuations rather than accept it as simply as “sure, that sounds like a fact”. Sorry, my bad dude, at least I didn’t blog about it!

Cubes says that it’s a no-no on the media (and then subsequently blogs—where the media knew this is exactly the type of story that’d circulate) but I think us bloggers/readers need to be a bit more careful too … since it seems like the same o’l topics gets the most hit on and commented on based solely on heresy. He does backtalk blogs a bit, but I think it’s outta love (cue The More You Know awww) and hope that we need to be a bit better.

That said. If you are indeed suing Nellie for that freaking crazy thing about him knowing your team, then, yes, you are crazy. But yeah, props for making point, guy.

Blogging’s impact on media credibility [Blog Maverick]
Is Mavs owner now crying foul? [Star-Telegram]
Ballhype Story Tracking [Ballhype]

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Psst! The title is a formality… just so people know I’m really Canadian (c’est vrai!) and not like those fake ones, yeah you Elisha Cuthbert! Why did I bring that up at all? well, the goodfellas over at Blog Show gave the site a high-five featuring the Ron Ron/SV-Gun post. Hurrahz! Washington Post’s intennetz presence is at a serious fever pitch!

I also recommend Steinz interrogation of the Stanley Cup. Don’t worry Dan, the S-Cup is always like that, what a tease.

Have a fantastic weekend you beautiful lads and lasses, be back Monday to destroy Sunday’s game. Meanwhile, time to get trampled around outside Montreal by tourists and this thing called Formula One racing (???)

It’s not often I bust out talk about NBA coaches (actually, I hardly ever do). But I just felt today was the day. We know that The Billy Donovan Remix Tape didn’t pan out as well as the Orlandoans Orlandants O-Town citizens hoped it would. But fear not! Greater light is on the horizon. In the form of Stan Van Gundy.

The SV-Gun has a storied career: took over the 2003-04 Heat — when Sith Lord Pat Riley thought it’d be another 10 years before they can make it to the playoffs — but was successful in running a solid team and showcasing the rookie that was Dwyane Wade. 04-05, Stan the Man was thisclose to getting the team to the Finals. Of course, the next season, Riles was back and Gundy might as well been in Witness Protection because that was the last time we ever heard of him.

BUT, even with ALL THAT. The one thing that’s most remarkable about Stan Van Gundy’s work is, and will always be: his resemblance of Ron Jeremy. So, in the worst transition ever, here’s what those two men would bring to the NBA table for next year:


Run! Billy, Run!

The Unrelatedness has an exclusively fake interview with Billy Donovan, the ex-Gator coach turned ex-Magic coach within 48 hours. Here be the interview booty, ARRRr:

THE HYPE: So, B-Don, what happened. What made you change your mind?

BILLY DONOVAN: Momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

TH: Um… okay. But the Orlando Magic did know what they were going to get. YOU. They were going to get you as a coach! What are you talking about?

BD: Stupid is as stupid does.

TH: Woah, I didn’t call you stupid sir, I respect your work tremendously. Just that this whole Magic thing was weird y’know? Any thing else you can shed light on?

BD: That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run…

TH: To clear your head I’d imagine?

BD: …So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town…

TH: Figuratively speaking I’d assuming? And “end of town” is the metaphor of leaving the Magic organization and back to the Florida Gators?

BD: …And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean…

TH: uh, um…

BD: …And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go… you know… I went.

TH: … ooookay… I think that about wraps up this interview. Thanks Bil—

BD: Have you ever been on a shrimp boat?

TH: OH COME ON! That’s not even your line!

Mike Brown

So tonight’s Game 2 for the Nets and Cavaliers should be a good one really really horrifically boring game. How can we have LeBron, JKidd, Vince Carter and yet this series is as exciting as watching the grass grow (on astro turf!). Anyways, the one name that’s getting decent attention is Sasha Pavlovic. He’s the guy that made the clean block on the Jason Kidd attempted layup. (Which begs the question, Kidd can still do a layup?)

MB (Mike Brown, we’re boys like that) is truly a believer of The Pavlovian Meister (trademark nickname!) because dude sought him out for the defensive assignment. Yo he freaking brought the sought on:

“Anytime a player looks me in the eye and says, ‘I want that assignment,’ oooh, I’ve got to believe in my player,” Brown said. “He’s going to concentrate that much harder to do the right thing.

“I looked him in the eye when he stayed on him, and the look I got, I felt confident in him. You want it? Go ahead. Pick that man up.”

And after you pick him up, go pick up the trash, the kids and do the laundry as well! So yeah Sasha is the one to watch out for as a the X factor.

OH, by the by, it just can’t be me right? Every time I see Pavlovic, I think, damn doesn’t he play for the Nuggets? And how come there’s another one of him on the Nets? The very opponent they are battling?? Me so confused!

Okay, I guess I’m just grouping a bunch of Euro ballas with shaved heads together to make my case (I could’ve easily put Darko in there too… but let’s not get carried away here…)

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Uhh.. you know what.. scratch that.

– Oh my Vishnu. GS just won Game 1, of course, Warrior fans are… shall we say… ‘content?’

– Oh my Buddha. Nuggets won Game 1: A-game was brought-en

– Oh my Jesus’ second cousin, Wizards won Game 1! … okay, that was deceitful, sorry Bullez peeps

*dun dun dun dun* Blog Show! *dun dun dun dun* Blog Show!

What to make of Sunday’s games? Simple, one word: irrelevency (not quite sure if that’s a word)

I fully expect the Spurs to win the next two, with Duncan properly installing the latest World of Warcraft patches reviewing game tape and give himself a Joey Crawford (did that sound dirty?) to mentally re-focus.

Wizards… uhh… yeah… build for next year…

The Dubs? I’m not falling for this “magical season” thing! No I will not…… I won’t… I… FINE fine I’ll start rooting for you now! Just please get Baron Davis’ beard out of my nightmares!

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You know, I’m not too sure about this ‘tanking’ business in the NBA. 1) Because I never worked in the NBA and 2) ‘tanking’ as an expression, seems… so… I dunno, 1992. Nevertheless, this enigma apparently exists in the NBA—the art of losing.

(As a side note, if the goal of a franchise is to lose on purpose, and if they succeed in doing so, then they must be winners right? Or do we need to smoke up some more?)

This year, like any other year, the usual suspects fine tuned their heavy duty tank engines down the stretch. Exhibit C-9, Subsection 12: the Boston Celtics. Ziller Time noted on la Hause that the Cees were actively engaging in the Nation of Tank, praise be with upon Lottery Balls. And in case you want some more investigativism, Wages of Win via TrueHoop, used a calculator or something gave us numbers to back all that shit up. So congrats Doc Rivers, you earned this one—go and grab yourself that cherry soda you rightly deserve champ.

Sooooo, what do I really have to contribute to all this? TEE-SHIRTS! YAAAAAAY!

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Check ’em out friends, you got your Boston colorway, Knicks orange & blue, sorta Portland-y reds/black and Memphis baby blues (I pretty much gave up figuring what colors they actually wear… what the hell is that?)
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They hot cuz they fly!

So go and support your local tank artists ya heard, it might appear on the Vatican-Approved BLOG SHOW and you’ll be all like, “woah, shirt, tv, me, wear, same? cool!” [Gear of Clothing]

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Housekeeping: my internet service providers are like the German National Curling Team: LOSERS! They think I’m Morpheus so they shut off my intertube access due to “spam”… haters. I’m currently stealing wi-fi from my neighbors (hi!!) but it’s slower than Antoine Walker. Hopefully I get things straightened out by the end of the week.

Hi, Chef Tony here. Are you tired of ovens that only give you half the NBA Blog Posts? Are sick to your stomach knowing your kitchen knives aren’t as sharp with their Home/Away Win % analysis? Well boy are you in for a treat today. Have your credit cards ready because you’re about to be…

Welcome everybody to today’s 42nd Carnival of the NBA, or Forty-Deuce as the kidz say, where we feature The Lean Cook Grill/Drill/Knife Machine NBA blog posts around the hoops blogopherum from the past couple of weeks. Here joining Chef Tony is NBA Basketball and Other Unrelatedness’ own: The Hype!

ChefTony: So, do you want to see something special?
TheHype: Gee golly, do I!
CT: Let me ask you something: don’t you wish your Scoops can deliver more NBA commentary? Deliver more–what we in the industry call, “oomf”?
TH: HELL YEAH! I dream about it every.single.night!
CT: Well everyone tuning in is in luck, take out that extra mortgage because today we unveil the Scooper-9000! Show ’em just how much OOMF! this handy tool gives them!
TH: You got it big T.!

With just a press of a hidden button, the Scooper-9000 will instantly spark group discussions:

—The suave Pradamaster over at BulletsForever decided that fellow team bloggers should be analysts the only way they know how: by aggressively typing it out in an e-Roundtable discussion

not enough? here’s ClipsNation fantasizing what’d it be like to be in David Stern’s pants.. uh.. ‘wearing’ his pants.. (stop saying pants!)

—What’s that? There should be even more discussions? Sure thing boss: Ryan from HoopsAddict.com and Natalie from Need4Sheed chatted with D.V. about (DOTCOM) current NBA issues

But wait! there’s more! the Scooper takes things to the NEXT Level:

—Speaking of N4S, in an effort to make the universe implode, they’re joined by Deeeeeee-Troit-BAD-BOYS to have their respective fanbases meet up at a Pistons game next month (I hear a dance-off with glow sticks is involved)

—then again, for Golden State of Mind, isn’t that like, a typical Tuesday for their Bay Area Army, The B.A.A.?

—over at The Nugg Doctor, Nick the Doc is slowly becoming.. one of them.. by going to his first Nuggets practice session. And we’re all looking forward to seeing him excel because we seriously need to know just how round George Karl is (okay, I want to know..)

DC Sports Bog: When not keeping us on tap about Mister50 and theWizz (or HAVING A BabeeSteinz-Bog! Congrats! I’m sure it’s the best baby of them all!), Steinz is going to star on his own actual TV show and featuring local bloggers! (um.. I’m considered ‘local’ right..? D.C. .. Montreal.. same thing..?) and Mister Irrelevent is also joining, possibly to usurp and dethrone The Bog.. but that’s just me speculating and causing unnecessary reckus

—the best just got bester: FreeDarko and the addition of Chauney Billups, it’s a wrap! (rap?)

TrueHoop upgraded bandwidth.. or something.. not too sure, but I’m guessin it’s something minor like that…

Order now, and you’ll get a complementary nail clipper worth exactly $3.00!

—but we’ll need more than 3 dollars to repair a devastating injury: contributor Jeff over at ClipperBlog goes over some medical intricacies to better understand what Shaun Livingston went through

—hoops historian Nate Jones wrote an incredible entry in response to all the negative backlash of the ASG from the media, a must read

—when not coining the nickname Mittens for a certain center, Your New York Knicks uncovers the opponents’ secretive double lives

—speaking of Curry, Basketbawful believes he is already better than Shaq

—…but EotB’s Chris Clarke (slick head shot!) warns us of the Ides of March aka Shaq’s ability to turn “it” up

—before turning anything else up though, Crazy from the Heat fills us in on the entire Heat and their crrruauuzy White House adventures (note: not at all crazy, I was blatantly embelishing)

Red’s Army explains why we must stop buying things that aren’t working

—on the other than, some things are working out says LOY’s Place

—season’s end is closing, so 3manlift gives their MVP look (interesting choice!) but Bright Side of the Sun counters with their pick

—the other great PHX Suns blog, The Rising Suns, is impressed with how Amare of old is eerily back

CelticsBlog looks at what’s really going on with rumours. Yea, that’s an extra U in there, what? (RIP DJ)

—I’m sure you were dying for a Suck-o-Meter, well you’re in luck, Hooplah Nation uses the handy measuring tool for one Jason Collins!

Bobcats Bonfire, not really feeling the need of having all UNC all the time… just any quality players from anywhere is fine with them

—1 half of BlazerBlog is well, very very happy to get Freddy Jones, citing collegiate hilites and some lowlites (so that Missy song was about Fred). The other half looks at how shedding J-Dix was the way to go (also citing U of O ties—blood brothers 4 lifez!)

—on the flip side Arsenalist is completely fine kicking Fred out, oh and happy that Rasho actually plays: “We all know Rasho is soft as a spring pansy and anytime he comes up with a manly game like this, I wonder why he can’t do this more often.” teehee!

—the v2.0 IndyCornrow offers up key deficiencies in a loss that maybe having an un-retired Reggie Miller would help (not if he’s a little busy…)

—the Association: senior citizens dancers are the schnits!

iheartkg received a letter from McHale. Sadly, it wasn’t a letter of resignation.

—don’t you DARE say the words “small” or “ball” or just anything really, regarding Chris Duhon over at Blog-a-Bull

Hornets247 connects the dots: Tyson Chandler is to Scott Skiles as JR Smith is to Bryon Scott.

—an understandably down TZiller of SacTownRoyalty tells Ron Artest: “this marriage is over” (translation: I’m not cheering for you); “I’m keeping the kids“; (you better get us a good trade) and “you suck (okay, I added that one, but he’s still a crazy mofo) Side note: I oddly want to scream ZiiiiiiLLLEER! like I’m in a Bond movie ….. sorry, inappropriate.. moving on..

—the Mavericks are the best team right now, but Mavs Moneyball reveals that their media dept is also the funniest (unfair!)

—being Sonics fans has been up and down (mostly down), but SupersonicsSoul found a little joy that Jesus Shuttlesworth is playing to lift spirits (and gravity)

Pounding the Rock goes over Hollinger’s thoughts about the Spurs’ potential playoff success. Oh snap!

Scooper-9000 also provides all the Las Vegas Wayne Newton 24/7 Show All Star Weekend Festivities blog posts:

FanHaus: Brett Edwards’ Embedded Frontline Reporting and a brave recording with the BBJoneszzz

SLAMonline: Monolith of a recap (we’re talking Zhou Dynasty long here) by one S.Rubenstein and his band of misfits that were all up in the mutha as well

—TrueHoop, again, (or TruESPN as YAY! would say) was also there to TrueASG in all its TrueVegas TrueGlory.

WithLeather: Oh Sarah Spain, you and your “adventures” (CALL ME!)

BenchRenaldo alerted the police about a very despicable crime (he alerts the fashion police as well!)

—and Joey throws the events into perspective over at StraightBangin’

Finally, the 9000 is able to have all the angles covered, all 361° of it:

—very cool game day outing over at Weekends With Dad

SportsBizBlog wonders where a certain Jewish baller has gone (wait, I thought UM was Jewish Jordan!)

darvindarvindarvindarvinHAM. Darvin HAM!

—HoopsAddict mashes up cultures with a by tag-teaming the WWE; tells us that Oden and Durant are actually two different guys (huuhh) and gives us a review of “The Last Shot

MJD has the definitive coverage of that guy who said that stupid thing on that radio show a while ago

—finally, quickie look over at DailyBasketball getting a nice revamp (who also writes over at Utah Jazz Blog)

FINALLY finally, if you liked the blogs above, you seriously need to signup for BALLHYPE DOT COM, I’m telling you (well, Jason’s telling you too) this thing will OWN.

Thanks for tuning in Scooper-aficionados! Reps are standing/sitting by waiting for you to call… So remember folks, you gotta be:

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This looks to be up a while ago, so I dunno if you’ve already seen it (probably have, looking at the vid’s stats) but since I’m killing time (re: not paying attention in class) I thought I’d post it here as well (5 mins-ish):

Couple things:

  • It’s so complicated my puny brain just got fried from attempting to believe I now grasp what it takes to break down the Tri-O
  • Tex Winters is awesome.
  • I wonder who the hell that “Annie” is? ooh, my bad..
  • John Salley doesn’t really add much, very disappointed

The rest of it: Parts 2, 3, 4, 5 And Phil Jax is surprisingly (at least to me) lively and active when he does some of the demostrations. I always thought that hip of his has already made him into a fossil—who knew? Oh yeah, of course there’s a requisite shot of Jeanie Buss in part 5.

Bonus: SCREAMIN’ A SMITH IS QUITE FRANKLY ON A SOAP!!!

(Slap On The Butt: The Big Lead via Deadspin)

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…of NBA coaches?